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Element Graphic Organizer

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 70 minutes.

Group Size:


Students will create a graphic organizer on an element of their choice that summarizes the chemical and physical changes that occur when the atom bonds with four (or less) other substances.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Chemistry
Standard 3 Objective 2

Explain that the properties of a compound may be different from those of the elements or compounds from which it is formed.


  • graphic organizer (attached)
  • Chemistry textbook
  • computers with Internet access
  • Butcher paper may be provided if you want displays of the organizer


Background For Teachers:
Time Needed:
50-90 minutes depending on the number of compounds researched.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Have students work in groups of two or alone to choose an element to research.
  2. Students should find chemical and physical properties of the element to place in the center box.
  3. The formula and name of compounds formed from the element should be placed in the next layer of boxes.
  4. The outside layers of boxes should describe the chemical and physical properties of the compounds.
  5. Students may use a computer program such as “Inspiration” to make the organizer or they may expand them on to butcher paper.
  6. Have students share their organizers with class and draw conclusions as a class about the properties of compounds when compared to the elements from with they form.

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Dec 12 2014 12:49 PM